Apparently tired of the constant military leaks that have only served to harm the armed forces and intelligence community, a group of former officials have teamed up to publicly rebuke the current administration. Normally military officials don’t get overly political, but this group is so fearful of what may happen next, they have decided to speak out.
The organization known as the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund(OPSEC) has released a twenty-two minute film titled “Dishonorable Disclosures: How Leaks And Politics Threaten National Security.”
The group is made up of former Navy SEALs, members of Delta Force, the Marines, Army Special Forces and the intelligence community (including one General) who have joined together and are standing up, demanding that America’s political leaders immediately stop leaking sensitive military information. .
In the documentary-style video, they speak candidly and clearly on the importance of Operational Security or OPSEC. The film shows the men detailing their outrage over multiple leaks of sensitive and valuable information from this administration.
Their mission is one of education. OPSEC is a 501(c)(4) – a social welfare organization. They strive to teach the elected officials in Washington and the American people about the vital need to keep secret so much of the work being done by our military.
“Politics should never come before national security.”
According to the group, the biggest problems started on May 2nd of 2011 after the killing of Osama bin Laden. OPSEC maintains that the rush to announce the success of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound compromised the men involved, their families, and also diminished the value of the materials gathered during the mission.
“Tactics, techniques, and the location were revealed… we even knew the name of the dog on the raid.”
OPSEC also claims that just days after the raid, Hollywood was invited to the White House for a briefing on the mission. The former military men believe that officials told too much to the filmmakers, compromising ongoing and future missions by detailing just how our system works.
From the grandstanding on the death of bin Laden, to the leaked information that the U.S. and Israel worked together on the STUXNET virus that temporarily shut down Iran’s nuclear operations, OPSEC believes we have a serious problem that must be addressed now.
Starting in June, and following a spate of intelligence leaks out of Washington DC, considerable media attention was focused on this administration’s use of strategic and sensitive military intelligence for political gain.
On June 6th, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said:
“I have been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years and I can tell you, I have never seen it worse than this.”
Senator John McCain accused the “highest levels of the White House” of leaking sensitive information that jeopardized years of intelligence work.
Of course the White House has denied any involvement in the leaks. The President himself made a strong denial on June 8th, saying that it was “offensive” and “wrong” to say that the White House was involved in the leaks.
Since the President’s public denial:
Two special prosecutors were appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Mike Baker, a former CIA operative appeared on the Don Imus radio show to express his concerns and frustrations over the leaks.
And Senator Feinstein again made a statement that initially seemed a belief that the leaks came from someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Speaking at a forum in late July, Feinstein said that she “think[s] the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”
Although the Senator did state that she did not believe the leaks came from the President, she thought the White House was involved before she decided that they were not involved.
“Dishonorable Disclosures” will be shown at events in key states across the country over the next several months, including Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.
To view the full 22 minute film, click here.
Reuters is reporting that OPSEC has one million dollars at their disposal and is using their website to raise additional funds. An OPSEC spokesman said their funding was raised by anonymous donations to the 501-(c)(4) and they choose not to identify them.
Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence John Miller told CBS that the documentary is “a mixture of some undeniable facts threaded through some conjecture, some speculation, and some propaganda”
The Obama campaign told Reuters that nobody in OPSEC Education Fund “is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues.”
It remains to be seen what impact this video has on the race, but it’s a new element that show this could get nastier very quickly.